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Organizations with hotlines

Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition

Crisis Hotline: (800) 252-0227, LGBTQ Adult Hotline: (888) 340-4528, LGBTQ Youth Helpline: (800) 850-8078

Main Line: 413-822-7268

Email: info@berkshirestonewall.org

The aim of the Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition is to promote the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people from the Berkshire County area through communication, networking, support, education, political action, and fun. BSCC activities include discussion panels, speakers, infosocials, support groups, community action, social events and the publication of a bi-monthly calendar.

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

Hotline: 800-841-8371

Office: 617-492-8306

Espanol: 800-223-5001

As the second oldest rape crisis center in the United States, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has been highly visible locally and nationally in the fight against violence against women. First initiated as a grassroots, activist endeavor, the organization continues to be supported by over 135 BARCC volunteers annually. Volunteers provide hotline crisis counseling, adolescent and family services, support groups, medical advocacy and legal advocacy. BARCC also provides violence prevention education workshops for schools, community groups, teen centers and businesses throughout the greater Boston area.
BARCC provides FREE services to survivors of rape and sexual assault, their friends and family, regardless of sex, race, physical/developmental disabilities, income, ethnicity, class, age, religion, or sexual orientation. We are able to provide services in English, Spanish, Haitian/Creole and French.

Center for Hope and Healing

Hotline: 1-800-542-5212

978-452-7721

Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell (RCSGL) is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of survivors of rape and sexual assault through counseling, advocacy and education.
RCSGL offers individual counseling sessions for victims of rape and/or sexual assault ages 13 and up.
Individual Counseling Sessions can be provided in English, Khmer, Portuguese and Spanish. Interpreters for other languages available upon on request.
Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell also offers support groups focusing on different topics for survivors of rape and/or sexual assault and for families and friends of survivors.

Domestic Violence Services Network

888-399-6111

(978) 318-3421

Email: dvvap@concordma.gov

DVSN works in collaboration with communities to end domestic violence.  They strive to empower and educate all peoples in ways that respect their dignity and choices while promoting their safety. DVSN is a referral service  specifically addressing domestic and dating violence as well as stalking; their services span across 13 communities in Massachusetts including but not limited to Acton, Boxborough, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Maynard, Lexington, Lincoln, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston and Hanscom Air Force Base. They also offer access to specific programs through partnerships with police departments as well as social service agencies in the towns they serve. Programs listed range from informational dinners about legal services, victims assistance, and self-defense training. Other programs exist through partnerships with Emerson Hospital,  Middlesex District Attorney's Office, and Concord District Court. DVSN also has a directory of resources that is easily accessible through their website. 

Elizabeth Freeman Center

Hotline: 866-401-2425

Phone: 413-499-2425

Fax: 413-443-3016

The Elizabeth Freeman Center serves the survivors, significant others, and family members who are experiencing, escaping or suffering the long-term affects of violence as well as children who have witnessed such violence. Their services include: A 24 hour a day, seven day a week emergency response hotline with counselors available to accompany victims to hospitals, police stations and safety; A confidential and secure residential shelter with in-house support services; Individual counseling, and safety planning at EFC sites and off site; Support groups; Economic, housing and general advocacy and assistance; Legal advocacy on-site in the county courts who assist victims to obtain 209A restraining orders and other necessary services. Their services span the entire Berkshire County, are free of charge, confidential, and available in multiple languages.

Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance

Hotline: 844-878-6682

Office: 617-586-1340

Email: mova@mass.gov

The mission of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is to advocate for, and assist all, crime victims, witnesses, their family members, and to direct victim service providers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Victims and their families are often traumatized, confused, and uncertain about where to turn for help. Victims can receive assistance through MOVA's Service Programs, the SAFEPLAN Program (for victims seeking protection from abuse), and through the Help Directory. The Victim Services Coordinator can provide referrals to appropriate programs, service providers, information, and advocacy organizations to help victims better understand the justice system.

New England Learning Center for Women in Transition

24/7 Crisis Hotline: 413-772-0806, Toll free: 888-249-0806

Main Number: 413-772-0871

Email: info@nelcwit.org

As the domestic violence and rape crisis center of Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, NELCWIT’s mission is to work within the community to build safety, justice, and dignity for all. NELCWIT offers services to individuals and children whose lives have been impacted domestic violence or sexual abuse, and assist in prevention and education work to decrease violence in our community. NELCWIT offer services to people of all genders, sexual orientations and abilities. All of NELCWIT’s services are free of charge, do not require health insurance or documentation, and are available in Spanish and English, with other languages offered through an interpretation service.

New England Learning Center for Women in Transition

Hotline: 888-249-0806

413-772-0871

Since 1976, NELCWIT has been working to build safety, justice, and dignity for all. Serving Franklin County and the North Quabbin region of western Massachusetts, we offer safety planning, advocacy, and support to anyone who has survived domestic or sexual abuse, and prevention education for our community, especially area youth.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Hotline: 800-899-4000

Phone: 781-891-0724

Fax: 781-891-3861

Email: info@reachma.org

REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing, and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence, through direct services and education while promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds. REACH provides shelter and safe homes to survivors and their children who have been traumatized by domestic violence. Comprehensive support services are available to shelter guests, including counseling assistance in obtaining longer-term housing and employment, and legal advocacy.Teens P.A.V.E. the Way is a statewide summit to train teens as peer educators, helping to break the cycle of relationship abuse.

The Network / La Red

Hotline: 617-742-4911, 800-832-1901 (Toll-Free)

Office: 617-695-0877

TTY: 617-227-4911

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, their work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. They strengthen communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.  Survivors, their friends and family can call the Hotline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to receive emotional support, information,  referrals to resources and assistance in making safety plans.  The Network/La Red provides emergency safehome for survivors of partner abuse for up to 4 weeks stay as well as support group offerings.

Womanshelter/Companeras

1-877-536-1628

413-538-9717

Email: info@womanshelter.org

Womanshelter/Compañeras is dedicated to assisting, supporting, and empowering those whose lives are affected by battering and abuse. Founded in 1980 as a grassroots collective, the organization has sheltered more than 3,000 women and children and assisted 35,000 others through community-based support programs. Central to Womanshelter/Compañeras’ mission is the reduction and prevention of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors that involves physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse. It also may include repeated psychological abuse, sexual assault, isolation, intimidation, or economic and/or medical deprivation. Services offered include: 24 Hour hotline, emergency shelter, individual counseling, support groups in English/Spanish, in-court legal advocates, refugee & immigrant  services and medical, financial and housing advocacy. Services are always confidential and free.

Organizations without hotlines

Enough Abuse Campaign

617-742-8555

The Enough Abuse Campaign is a statewide effort to eliminate child sexual abuse in Massachusetts. The campaign provides adults and communities with the knowledge and skills they need to put an end to the silence around child sexual abuse. Enoughabuse.org also serves as the site of a national prevention pilot funded by the Federal Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) and operating various communities in Massachusetts.

Family Justice Center of Boston

(617) 779-2100

Email: info@bphc.org

The Family Justice Center (FJC) of Boston provides a safe and welcoming environment where you can talk about your experiences and explore your options. You may need help finding your way through the legal system and understanding your rights as a victim. You may want to know if and how your child has been harmed, and by whom. You may be looking for the support that you need to stay safe and start over. At the FJC, individuals and families have access to a wide range of free services offered by a diverse group of partner organizations. FJC Partners are here to serve all victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse - including non-English speakers, immigrants (regardless of your status) and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. All services are offered free of charge.

Fenway Community Health Center: Violence Recovery Program

617-927-6250

Toll Free: 800-834-3242

Email: information@fenwayhealth.org

The Violence Recovery Program (VRP) at Fenway Community Health was founded in 1986. The VRP provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) victims of bias crime, domestic violence, sexual assault and police misconduct. Other services include a support group for LGBT domestic violence survivors, the region's only support group for male survivors of rape and sexual assault, advocacy with the courts and police, and assistance with victim compensation. We offer counseling and advocacy in both English and Spanish.

Jane Doe Inc.

617-248-0922

617-263-2200 x TTY

Email: info@janedoe.org

Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence brings together organizations and people committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. JDI creates social change by addressing the root causes of this violence, and promotes justice, safety and healing for survivors. JDI advocates for responsive public policy, promotes collaboration, raises public awareness, and supports its member organizations to provide comprehensive prevention and intervention services. The website includes listings of sexual assault crisis centers in Massachusetts as well as information on sexual violence and guides for safety planning, getting help, and finding resources for specific populations (e.g. LGBTQ).

Military Rape Crisis Center

Email: info@stopmilitaryrape.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/militaryrapecrisiscenter/about/?ref=page_int...

The Military Rape Crisis Center provides immediate crisis care, support, mental health referrals, legal assistance, and hope to all survivors of Military Sexual Trauma and their loved ones. The Military Rape Crisis Center is privately funded and all services are free of charge for Military Sexual Trauma survivors. They have offices in Washington DC and Cambridge MA and have representatives in 35 states as well as Japan, Germany and England. The Cambridge and Washington DC offices are open by appointment only. Contact them through their website to set up an appointment for either office.

Partners of Adults Sexually Abused as Children

PASAC gladly offers assistance and support through our experiences, stories and community involvement, to the adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their partners.

Outside Massachusetts

Organizations with hotlines

Department of Defense Safe Helpline

Hotline: 877-995-5247, Non toll-free Hotline: 202-540-5962, Online Helpline: https://safehelpline.org/live-chat
Email: info@safehelpline.org

Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call or text - providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere.

Hero Project

Hotline: 877-874-4376

The Hero Project, a part of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, is a community-based, media-driven, child sexual abuse prevention program designed to educate and motivate adult community members to call the 24-hour HERO Hotline if they suspect child sexual abuse. The mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is to work to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

TTY: 1-800-787-3224

Email: dtucker@ncdsv.org

The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence provides training and consultation, influences policy, and promotes collaboration with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence. The website provides links to extensive resources related to relationship violence within specific communities. There is a special section on the organization's efforts to stop relationship violence in military families: www.ncdsv.org/ncd_militaryresponse.html.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

212-714-1141

212-714-1184

We work to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. We’re a national coalition of local member programs, affiliate organizations and individual affiliates who create systemic and social change. We strive to increase power, safety and resources through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance. We produce two annual national reports on LGBTQ Hate Violence and LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence, the only national reports of their kind. We use these reports to document and raise awareness of the prevalence of this violence, advocate for policy and funding changes that will increase resources to address LGBTQ violence, and recommend strategies to prevent, respond to, and end this violence.We are comprised of organizations and groups across the country that work to prevent and respond to violence against LGBTQ and HIV affected communities. If you are experiencing violence and need support or want to learn more on how to get involved in your local community, contact your local Anti-Violence Project.

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

800.656.HOPE (4673)

When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider. Services are confidential and also include information on medical concerns, legalities, as well as resources and referrals to providers in your area. The hotline also offers a live chat as an alternative to a telephone call. 

 

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Office: 202-544-1034

Fax: 202-544-3556

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and ensure that offenders are brought to justice. Their website offers information regarding statistics, types of sexual violence, the effects of sexual violence, and tips to reduce the risk to adults and children.

Organizations without hotlines

1in6

Email (preferred): info@1in6.org

Email: info@1in6.org

The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. Our mission also includes serving family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. 1in6 offers outreach, education and services, in person and over the web, to men with histories of unwanted or abusive childhood sexual experiences and anyone who cares about them. 1in6 also provide professional trainings.

After Silence

After Silence is designed to help victims become survivors and communicate in the recovery of sexual violence. Its mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of the organization is an online message board where survivors come together in a mutually supportive and safe environment. There is also a resource library with information related to sexual violence and its aftermath.

Forge

414-559-2123

Email: AskFORGE@forge-forward.org

FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, founded in 1994. Since 2009, FORGE has been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault. Since 2011, FORGE has served as the only transgender-focused organization federally funded to provide training and technical assistance to providers around the country who work with transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.   In addition to providing over 50 hours of recorded webinars on a variety of topics, visitors to their website can find a range of information  including how to receive more education as a professional.  Survivors, family members, friends and other supporters can find a range of information about finding support locally or find information about how to support their loved one.

Joyful Heart Foundation

New York office: 212-475-2026

Email: info@joyfulheartfoundation.org

The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. In fulfilling that mission, Joyful Heart Foundation is committed to providing the most up to date information, resources and statistics pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Joyful Heart makes it a priority to continuously educate themselves and to share this knowledge with their supporters, clients, partners and the community. Joyful Heart provides survivors with the information and links to national and local organizations where they can receive the appropriate support and assistance on their journey towards healing.

Male Survivor

Welcome to the MaleSurvivor community, which provides resources and support for men who were sexually victimized as children, adolescents, or adults. We are committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

(310) 235-2633 (CA Office)

(919) 682-1552 (NC Office)

Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education. The website includes information on the types of traumatic stress and resources for parents and caregivers whose children are experiencing traumatic stress.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

877-739-3895

TTY: 717-909-0715

The NSVRC coordinates a range of special projects that address building collaborative and culturally specific approaches to preventing and responding to sexual violence. Through innovation, resource sharing and partnership development the NSVRC seeks to create positive social change. The website includes listings for every state of resource organizations related to sexual violence.

Pandora's Project

612-234-4204

Pandora's Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, support, and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family. We have been devoted to recovery and healing since 1999. Pandora's Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora's Aquarium. We believe that connecting with other rape and sexual abuse survivors is an important part of healing. Our online support group includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. It is free to join and is safely moderated by a diverse group of survivors.

Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Services

Find information on programs and services funded by the Commonwealth, including a comprehensive array of prevention programs and interventions for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their children. Services are available in every region of the Commonwealth and include residential programs, 24-hour advocacy and support, and specialized programs for children exposed to domestic violence, people who use violence in their relationships, and sexual and domestic violence services for immigrants and other communities experiencing inequities.